"No, I'm just going for souvenirs." I clarified. "A friend asked."
At hearing that I was on vacation without much of a tourist mindset, we began to engage in discussions about work, bubble tea supply and demand, and his personal local favourites. mello donuts and machi machi were announced as the must-go destinations. In addition to Uber, he told me, he was also invested in two other jobs: an export-import business operated between friends and an assistant to his wife's catering company. "You gotta hustle to survive here!" he declared.
Inside the display case were elaborate creations, ranging from filled brioche donuts to gaudily decorated twisted donuts. Seeking not a sugar rush, I opted for the Original.
Momentarily forgetting my injury, I elbowed the accessibility button, only to recoil in agony.
The inclusion of passion fruit seeds was a bonus. Besides CoCo's Bubble Gaga, such additions are not that widespread in Ontario - at least, not to my west GTA end-er knowledge. "Boba Culture", as the locals described, was indeed stronger over here.